One of the most active Jewish Communities of Thessaly, the Trikala community was different in that it had Romaniote, Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. At the end of the 19th and in the beginning of the 20th century, it had three Synagogues, one for each group.
Shortly before the war, there were approximately 520 Jews in the city. Most of them lived in a quarter crossed by the streets A. Diakou, G. Kondyli and G. Karaiskaki, which was known as the “Evraika”, the Jewish Quarter.
They were merchants, craftsmen, money changers or bankers. Some of the more wealthy ones would support not only the Jewish Community, but the entire city as well. Before the war there was only one Synagogue left, the Kahal Yavanim which still stands. Together with the cemetery they are relics of a formerly flourishing community, which is now, unfortunately, dwindling.
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